Ven­ti­la­tion Check

Trail Rider - - TRIP TIPS - — Julie Good­night, Julie­Good­

For your horse’s health and com­fort in the trailer, open the vents and win­dows (with bars and screens safely in place) to al­low fresh air­flow. Over­head vents pro­vide the best air cir­cu­la­tion. There should be one over­head vent for ev­ery horse the trailer is built to carry.

Blow­ing dust, hay, and shav­ings inside the trailer can cause res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress. Do your best to min­i­mize shav­ings to just what’s needed, and keep hay con­fined in small bags. Mon­i­tor the tem­per­a­ture of­ten; the heat inside your trailer can build up quickly no mat­ter what the sea­son.

Ven­ti­late your trailer well to help keep your horse breath­ing eas­ily — and the trailer from get­ting too hot. When your trailer is in mo­tion, use screens and a fly mask to keep road de­bris out of your horse’s eyes.

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